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Amadeus Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2015
One of the best American films of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Gilbert Adair
Monthly Film Bulletin
March 3, 2015
What Amadeus presents us with is an unexpected and strangely moving spectacle: a Roadrunner cartoon in which Wily Coyote... ends at last by stopping his fleet-footed foe dead in his tracks.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 3, 2015
Sheer craftsmanship is the film's key strength.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 3, 2015
The look of the film is absolutely gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 4, 2014
The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 4, 2014
Amadeus is simply one of the finest biographical dramas ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 4, 2014
Forman's tormented, iconoclastic subjects are often pitted against iconic or impersonal antagonists, but Amadeus' conflict remains rivetingly intimate, in spite of its sumptuous, larger-than-life settings.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 4, 2014
A rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and sometimes very moving visit with two fascinating personalities: one an uncouth prodigy, the other an earnest second-rater who never quite understands why somebody else should get all the glory.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
February 4, 2014
With Mozart's magical music swirling around them, Hulce and Abraham share a dual triumph in a film that stands as a provocative and prodigious achievement.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2013
The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Total Film
February 19, 2013
Milos Forman's opulent drama is sheer quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 19, 2013
A grand movie entertainment.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 25, 2011
... brought a new popular interest in the music of Mozart and turned the classical composer into a pop-culture figure...
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Great movie, but not quite true to history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 22, 2009
A witty and highly imaginative historical fiction, well adapted by screenwriter Peter Shaffer from his own hit play. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 10, 2009
...if the director, the producer, and the writer approved of the added scenes, I'm not going to complain. One way or the other, Amadeus remains a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10

Film4
February 19, 2008
Milos Forman's well-crafted adaptation of Peter Shaffer's superior play turns out to be a very entertaining film, although it lacks the inventiveness of the original production.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 19, 2008
On a production level and as an evocation of a time and place, Amadeus is loaded with pleasures.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 12, 2007
When Amadeus deals with the music -- and with the theme of greater and lesser talents in conflict -- it frequently justifies its reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 5, 2007
[A] grandiose masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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